Brett Favre Retires Again. But Does He Really Want to?

ESPN is reporting that Brett Favre has instructed his agent Bus Cook to tell the Jets that he is retired.  Favre has since emailed ESPN’s Ed Werder with the following statement:

Mike [Tennenbaum] and Woody [Johnson], as well as the entire organization, have been nothing short of outstanding.  My teammates — Thomas [Jones] and Kerry [Rhodes] included — were a pleasure to play with. Eric [Mangini] could not have been any better. I enjoyed playing for him. My time with the Jets was short, but I’m honored to be given that chance.

Favre singled out Jones and Rhodes for special mention presumably because they had been the most vocal in criticising him after the miserable end to the Jets’ once-promising season.  Here’s the juicy bit from ESPN’s article though:

While Favre did not directly broach the subject of the team simply releasing him so that he might have the option of signing with another team such as the Minnesota Vikings a source said that Cook informally discussed the option with the Jets. The Jets respectfully declined that option, the source said.

So he tried to get his release but they wouldn’t comply and now he’s retiring (again).  Seems to me if you really wanted to retire you would just retire and not bother trying to get released first.  You would only make that play if you wanted to go somewhere else.  And we know the somewhere else Brett wants to go.  This story ain’t over by a long-shot.

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